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DPL candidates overview

Newsforge has (rather late) made an article about the DPL candidates – tomorrow is the last day for the votes, so I hope this gets the last voters to participate. Read it here Quote: Every year, Debian developers are asked to choose one of their own to serve as Debian Project Leader (DPL). It's that […]

My first real linux experience

Clever one – Lee Thorn – tries Ubuntu and blogs about his experiences as a Linux newbie. Good luck, Lee – I'm sure the Ubuntu community willl help you. Read about it at – where else than – Newbuntu Quote: My name is Lee Thorn, I’m a 21 year old Windows user from London, England […]

Installing Software on Debian

They have made a nice overview article about installing software using apt on Debian systems- Read it here Quote: One of the things that has made Debian famous among Linux distributions is the APT package management system. Its ability to handle often complex chains of interdependencies between packages makes installing software very convenient. APT selects […]

GCN review of Ubuntu 5.10

Surprisingly, they review the Breezy Badger (and find it ok, but not excellent) – I guess this will be the last review we see of it! Read the entire review, but here's the overview: Quote: Pros: Coexists well with Windows XPCons: Hard to burn and fairly glitchyPrice: FreeFeatures: C+Value: BSecurity: BEase of use: C

Final call for votes: Debian project leader election 2006

Now is your last chance to vote for the DPL – the amount of voters is still rather low. Hi, At the time of writing, less than two days before the end of the vote, the standing are still lower than expected; here is a comparison with recent years (all but 2006 numbers are the […]

Windows to Ubuntu Transition Guide

Here's another massive migration/transition guide on how to move from Windows to Linux (Ubuntu). Read it at (pop-up alert)Quote: Alright, so you have successfully installed Ubuntu Linux, but now what do you do with it? You are in the right place. I am going to get you started with a guide on how to […]

Ubuntu Courts Business have an article commenting the possibility to become an Ubuntu Certified Professional. You can read the whole story here Quote: “We have long considered LPIC-1 to be the entry-level professional certification for all Linux distributions,” said Jim Lacey, the LPI's president and CEO. “This collaborative initiative with Ubuntu clearly demonstrates how Linux software developers […]

DCC Alliance not dead yet?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols have written a small piece on the status of the DCC Alliance and their troubles. Read it at Linux-watch Quote: Rumors were swirling around the halls of LinuxWorld that the often-troubled DCC Alliance was going to fold its tents and disappear. What actually happened was that several of the members met quietly […]

Ubuntu on your Xbox

xUbuntu is an PC-/Xbox-enabled version of Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution. I saw it at TuxMachines: Quote: xUbuntu is an PC-/Xbox-enabled version of Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution. xUbuntu is not a stand-alone, independent distribution. However the install process – and naturally the bootloader, the kernel and the kernel modules – are all customized for PC and Xbox (i386). […]

Complete guide to Linux for newbies

The website uses Ubuntu as their way to introduce Linux for the non-technical users. Start the tour here Quote: Whether you have been using a computer for years, or if you are totally new to it all, this guide can help you get to grips with all the important parts of using Linux, as […]

First Ubuntu certification exam in Johannesburg

That was fast – the first exams in the LPI certification in Ubuntu will be on May 16th-19th The story is at Tectonic Quote: The exam augments existing LPI exams, with Alan McKinnon from Linux Holdings, who helped craft the examination paper, recommending that budding Ubuntu administrators write it after the LPI 101 and 102 […]

Change from Windows XP to Kubuntu

At they have written a detailed report about migrating your desktop from Windows to Kubuntu. Read the lengthy article here Quote: After a few weeks, my desktop is running great (screenshot on the right) and I haven't booted into Windows XP at all since I started the migration. This is partly due to the […]

Debuntu website

Our friends at DebCentral have spotted a new website/blog containing Debian/Ubuntu tips. Quote: Hi there, The site is opening. Well, the name should be eplicit enough, this site is going to be about debian, ubuntu and basically any unices. Hi, is up. I'm going to gather any experience I can have from Gnu/Linux. This […]

Installing Yawns on Debian Sarge

Steve Kemp of Debian-Administration fame has made a guide to install Yawns on Debian. Enjoy here Quote: This document describes installing Yawns upon a fresh install of Sarge. The example hostname used throughout this example is '' (IP address this is a pristine Xen instance of Debian Sarge.

Removing A User From A Linux System

Employee turnover in most organizations runs high. So unless you run a small shop with a stable user base, you need to learn how to clean up after an employee leaves. Too many so-called system administrators do not understand the stakes involved when they manage users. Disgruntled former employees can often cause significant trouble for […]

Debian Weekly News 14/2006

The 14th issue of DWN is here, containing items on Debian Project Leader Election, Extending Voting Privileges and Oracle Repository for Debian. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – April 4th, 2006————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 14th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Robert Millan [1]reported that he has built aCD installer images […]

Monitoring windows systems

If you missed it, there's another excellent guide at Debian-Administration, covering monitoring WindowsXP systems with munin and snmp Find it here Quote: Previously we learned how to use munin to monitor Debian machines. Now – we need to add some Windows boxes to the mix. First – so that the discussion makes sense – here […]

Multi Router Traffic Grapher config have a how-to covering the setup of MTRG on Debian Read it here Quote: The Multi Router Traffic Grapher (MRTG) is a tool to monitor the traffic load on network links. MRTG generates HTML pages containing PNG images which provide a LIVE visual representation of this traffic.

Ubuntu certification from LPI

LWN reports that it is now possible to get an Ubuntu ProfessionalCertification from Linux Professional Institute. See the announcement: Quote: The Ubuntu certification will consist of a single exam on top of LPI'sexisting 101 and 102 exams. This will give candidates the advantage ofan existing global standard, LPIC-1, plus the “Ubuntu CertifiedProfessional” status. The exam […]

The Operating System FAQ

Henry the Adequate gives you the OS FAQ. Become enlightened by his clear and correct (well, allmost) answers. Quote: Which is the best Linux distribution?Debian. But there is an error in the blog: Quote: What is the best Linux news site? You can read the correct FAQ here. The other one is made by someone […]

Customizing Ubuntu

This time, Herschel Cohen looks at the setup of Thunderbird at Ubuntu. Read it at LX'er Quote: In order to have a working desktop I needed several programs: mail, browser and editor(s). Moreover, the first two required their complete data sets: current email, filed structure and stored emails with regard to Thunderbird. In addition, this […]

Debian GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide

The more-than-700-pages book by Graham Williams at Togaware are available on their website or can be downloaded as pdf. Enjoy everything you want to know about Debian. The show starts here Quote: The Debian GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide covers many topics. This is an ongoing work and the varying depth of coverage of different topics […]

April 1st

Well, as I was working on the house all day I didn't invent a news item for you. In other news, “Linus Torvalds” announced that he is now a Debian Developer. As he mentions that he'll also be working closely with Ubuntu, I guess it means that Ubuntu soon will be forced to use KDE…… […]

Distrowatch weekly comments Debian

The weekly bulletin from Distrowatch covers a bunch of Debian news and they also have a competition for the book “Beginning Ubuntu Linux” The Debian coverage is found here and you can check the competition here

Frustrations with Kubuntu Flight 6 and how it handles CUPS 1.2svn

Over at, pipatas have aired some frustrutation over the latest version of (K)Ubuntu. Read the post here Quote: A few weeks ago, Jonathan had asked me on IRC in passing why kprinter and KDEPrint 3.5.1 didn't work with CUPS-1.2. My reply had been like “CUPS-1.2 hasn't even released an alpha or beta tarball — […]

PostgreSQL Database Server Configuration

PostgreSQL is a fully featured object-relational database management system. It supports a large part of the SQL standard and is designed to be extensible by users in many aspects. Some of the features are: ACID transactions, foreign keys, views, sequences, subqueries, triggers, user-defined types and functions, outer joins, multiversion concurrency control. Graphical user interfaces and […]

Third call for votes for the debian project leader election 2006

At the time of writing, a couple of hours into the third (and final) week of the vote, we are still at a low ebb for voter participation, though not by a huge margin. Hi, At the time of writing, a couple of hours into the third (and final) week of the vote, we are […]

Overview of the ten major Linux distributions

This article at Linuxforums covers the ten largest Linux distributions – amongst them are Debian, Ubuntu, Knoppix and Mepis. Get the big picture here Quote: Debian Debian is one of the oldest GNU/Linux distributions. It was created in 1993 by Ian Murdock who named it after the combination of his own name and the one […]

Screenshot tour: Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight CD6

Phoronix and OSDir have taken a bunch of screenshot of the latest Flight CD. Check them here OSDir's tour of Kubuntu And OSDir tour of Ubuntu

K/Edu/Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 6 Released

OSNews reports that Flight CD6 of the Ubuntu family has been released. The OSNews news item is very brief – the Flight CD page is a bit longer… Quote: The Ubuntu team is proud to present the 6th Alpha test, called Flight 6 of our next release, Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake). With Flight 6 comes […]

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